A 7.75m2+ antique ceramic floor in light grey, blue and cream
A small, 7.75m2, antique ceramic encaustic floor reclaimed from a house in Gembloux, a Walloon town in the Namur region of central Belgium. The floor consists of a 14cm square field tile, a same size border tile and a half size border, which is laid in duplicate. The palette is cool in a mid-blue and light grey on a white slip. Dating from c.1930 the tessellation is classical and easy on the eye, the design both simple and pure with the more ornate lozenge themed borders framing the floor beautifully.
The floor has been completely cleaned of its old lime-based mortar and years of wax revealing a quality ceramic 15mm thick, no surface wear and colours that are consistent. There are occasional small groutable chips and nibbles present on a number of tiles, as can be seen in the high resolution photographs below of a random section of the floor, but the condition of the floor is excellent and being a highly fired tile they can be laid inside or outside of the home as they are impervious to high and sub zero temperatures.
Inside the home they can be laid with underfloor heating systems as they are excellent retainers of heat and from a maintenance perspective the tiles do not need sealing or waxing once laid, waxing being an option exclusively for aesthetic reasons, as a regular wash is all that is needed to retain their beauty and lustre.
Tile quantities, give or take one or two:-
Field tiles - 265 tiles -5.3m2 / 57 sq ft
Large border tiles - 60 tiles plus 4 corners - 1.28m2 / 13.8sq ft or 9 linear metres / 29.5 linear feet
Small border tiles - 115 plus 8 corners - 1.17m2 / 13.8 sq ft. or 16.1 linear metres / 53 linear feet